KU knocks off West Virginia at Big 12 Tournament

Kansas first baseman Alex DeLeon, right, catches a West Virginia hit to the infield in the third inning of their Big 12 Conference NCAA college baseball tournament game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Kansas first baseman Alex DeLeon, right, catches a West Virginia hit to the infield in the third inning of their Big 12 Conference NCAA college baseball tournament game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tucker Tharp and Michael Suiter each had two hits and two RBIs, leading Kansas to a 7-2 victory over third-seeded West Virginia at the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

The sixth-seeded Jayhawks (32-24) broke open a close game with five runs over the final three innings. Kevin Kuntz drove in a run on Kansas’ second squeeze of the game in the seventh, and Suiter’s RBI single made it 4-1. Tharp’s two-run double in the eighth stretched the lead to 6-2.

Michael Constantini had an RBI double in the second and Jacob Rice singled in a run in the eighth for West Virginia (31-26) in its Big 12 tournament debut.

Dan Dierdorff (4-8) gave up four runs on nine hits in seven innings for the Mountaineers.

Thomas Taylor (6-2) went 7 1-3 innings for the Jayhawks, giving up two runs on four hits.

 

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